We’ve come to the end of our virtual road trip.
Back in January we kicked off our road trip to share ideas on great places to head in the motorhome. There are so many destination our country has to offer and we couldn’t visit them all. Instead, we chose to head to destinations within easy reach of our depot in Huddersfield, Yorkshire.
First, we headed to Great Yarmouth a seaside resort in Norfolk, the longest journey from our depot taking 4 hours. From here we headed up the Norfolk coast to Cromer famous for Banksy’s Great British Spraycation artwork. After a few road trips to the coast, we went inland to the vibrant town of Kings Lynn. Here we found we could learn about our favourite tipple, at the historic Gin Distillery WhataHoot.
Then it was back to the seaside and a visit to the oldest resort in the UK, Skegness. What a treat Skegness is a great place for a summer holiday packed full of traditional family fun.
At the start of February, we stayed inland, doing the short journey to Clumber Park, part of Sherwood Forest. Clumber Park is great for winter breaks as well as summer getaways, offering fabulous woodland walks and cycle routes. Our road trip then took us to the history rich city of Lincoln. There are many campsites situated by lakes or riverbanks on the outskirts of Lincoln. A great place to combine water sports with city nightlife.
The following week we headed to the closest seaside resort to our depot in Denby Dale, Cleethorpes. Situated on the estuary of the River Humber, Cleethorpes is less than 2 hours drive. Our favourite part the road trip was over the Humber Bridge to the East Ridings of Yorkshire. While Hull is a great place it’s easier to pitch up in the coastal town of Withernsea.
March saw us travelling north up the East Coast, to more seaside resorts, starting with the towns of Hornsea and Skipsea. Then onto Bridlington with it’s promenade pack full of entertainment and fun fairs. Here you can catch a boat trip to see the outstanding Yorkshire coast, cliff faces and the smugglers caves.
Our motorhome road trip then took us to a destination close to our hearts, Flamborough. Flamborough is a family favourite and is more than just a seaside resort. With 5 beaches to visit all with cliff to walks connecting them, Flamborough offers life to the energetic soul.
Finally in March our road trip headed back inland to the small picturesque towns of Malton and Pickering. Malton is known as the food capital of the north, Pickering is known for its annual steam rally. Close by is Flamingo Land a full filled theme park and Dalby Forest where you will find Go Ape with it’s tree top walks.
Who says you can’t have a city break on a motorhome road trip. We’ve had plenty, and our first trip in April took us to the historic city of York. A wonderful city encased in it’s great wall with over 30 museums to explore. Pitch up near the city’s park and ride, it’s just £6 per couple for a bus ride to the centre.
Then back to the Yorkshire coast and Filey, where beach activities include paragliding, hang gliding, sailing, surfing and kite flying. From there we travelled the coast north to the resort of Scarborough, that really does have it all. Dramatic cliffs, castle headland, award-winning beaches, historic harbour, family attractions, booming town centre, and a warm Yorkshire welcome to match. Carrying on up the North Yorkshire Coast our road trip visits the small fishing village of Robin Hoods Bay.
In May our road trip saw us head to the gothic town of Whitby. A town that offers something different to your ‘typical’ coastal resort. Famed for its connections to Dracula, Whitby has embraced its association with the Gothic culture. This is reflected in the town’s quirky streets, shops and Abbey ruins. Next, is Runswick Bay, one of Yorkshire’s prettiest destinations. Then further north to Saltburn by The Sea, home to the oldest water balanced cliff lift in the country.
Finishing in May with our most north easterly destination Redcar. A place of incredible variety and diversity, with one of the longest unbroken stretches of beach in the UK. Then heading inland through the beautiful scenery of County Durham towards the west.
The beginning of June kept us inland, crossing the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Each part of the Yorkshire Dales has a different character. The Southern Dales are less remote, but still wildly beautiful. The Northern Dales provide wild heather moorland and valleys full of hay meadows. In the West, the pretty villages and small towns each have their own charm.
Letting our road trip take us further north we headed to the heart of Cumbria, Penrith. A market town with easy access to the beautiful Eden Valley, Pennines and the Lake District. From here we headed into the Lake District to Ullswater, known as England’s most beautiful lake. Surrounded by dramatic mountains the lake features in many films and TV shows.
We finish our road trip for June at the country’s most famous lake, Lake Windermere. Offering water sports, hiking, lake cruises and many more activities Lake Windermere is a must for your road trip.
For July we headed back into the Yorkshire Dales to Ingleton, the land of caves and waterfalls. Then west to Grange-over-Sands, one of the smallest towns nestled along the Morecambe Bay. A walk to the top of Hampsfell will give you a 360 degree panoramic view.
From here we headed to the seaside town of Morecombe with it’s magnificent view of sweeping coastline and Lakeland mountains. Don’t forget to visit the Eric Morecombe statue.
Next, we explored some of England’s heritage in Lancaster. Taking a road trip along the river Lune marvelling at the Georgian architecture which lines the banks. We then headed to the tip of the Fylde Coast, to the fishing village Fleetwood.
Our road trip heated up as we headed to the Lancashire coast and the most famous seaside town of the north, Blackpool. A bucket and spade beach known as the Golden Mile, a beautiful horizon across the Irish Sea and donkey rides. Three piers stretching over the beach into the sea with theatres, bars and amusement parks. The Please Beach theme park and of course there’s the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool really is a fun filled place to visit, but you may need more than a weekend.
If you’re looking for something a little quieter, two miles out of Blackpool is Lytham St Annes. This seaside town is worlds away in both character and atmosphere from the bright lights of Blackpool.
Staying inland again we travelled the short distance to the bustling city of Manchester. Camping in the hills around Manchester, gives you the opportunity to enjoy the city, then escape to the relaxing countryside.
At the end of August, we reached Southport. With 22 miles of beautiful and expansive coastline, Southport is surrounded by natural beauty, making it a great place to escape.
September saw us head to Liverpool, situated on the river Mersey. Home to the Beatles and two hugely successful football clubs, Liverpool is one of England’s most legendary cities.
On our road trip we fancied something different, so we headed to Knowsley and it’s safari park. Although we wouldn’t want you to take one of our motorhomes through the monkey enclosure. Then on to Chester, one of Britain’s most popular places for unforgettable short breaks.
The last Saturday in September saw our road trip go to Rhyl a traditional seaside town in North Wales. Modern-day Rhyl has the Suncentre on the East Parade which is an indoor water park with Europe’s first surfing pool.
We stayed in Wales for the first half of October, and Llandudno was our destination. Wales’s largest resort, situated between the Irish Sea and the northern edge of Snowdonia National Park. If you’re looking for adventure Llandudno is the resort for you. Our road trip then saw us head into the Snowdonia National Park. As well as climb the highest mountain in Wales you can also experience the world’s fastest zip wire at Zip World.
Tiring from adventure, we pulled our road trip back to the English/Welsh border and the friendly market town of Oswestry. Only to find ourselves hitting the thrills of Alton Tours and exploring the Staffordshire city Stoke on Trent the week after. Then to Castle Donnington and the thrills of Donnington Park racetrack and a visit to the Aeropark Museum.
Our road trip had a few weeks left to run so we thought we’d stay close by on these winter days. We headed to the largest town in the Peak District, Bakewell, best known for its tart and pudding. Then to the south eastern edge of the National Park, Matlock and Matlock Bath. These two towns are only a mile apart and are a popular base for families visiting the Peak District National Park.
This brought us into our final weeks, where our road trip took us to Buxton and Castleton. These are two wonderful destination if you don’t want to travel far or just fancy a short break. Nestled in the heart of the Peak District National Park they provide an easy escape from reality.
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